Update: Scott Jurek set the fastest known time for hiking the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to high atop Katahdin in Maine's Baxter State Park just after 2 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2015! Scott's time for this feat of endurance was 46 days, 8 hours and 8 minutes. Congratulations to Scott Jenny and their team!
At 9:30 AM on Sunday, July 12, 2015 -- known to many of us as Day 46 -- Scott Jurek is running up Katahdin toward the end of his quest to set the fastest known time (FKT) for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.
He's within seven miles of the summit.
What. A. Journey.
I wonder if Daicey Pond has ever looked so good to so many.
No, I take that back. It's always glorious to those who finish their physical hike of the AT ... and to those whose hopes are high that they'll summit Springer Mountain a mere 2,189.2 miles to the south.
At 12:22 PM, Scott was very near Hunt's Peak ... Thoreau Spring is a mile beyond that spot.
Still running. Up a steep section beyond Hunt's Peak ... nearing Thoreau Spring.
1:04 PM. Making progress. The hare has four hours to beat the record set by a (lovely, lively) tortoise.
1:24 PM. About to pass Thoreau Spring. Hitting a less-steep section of the Appalachian Trail.
One. More. Mile. To. Go. To summit Katahdin!
Can you imagine running up Katahdin?
Can you imagine running all day for two days or 46?
We congratulate Scott Jurek and we (me, at least) are amazed that his diet consists of plant-based foods.
We congratulate Jennifer Pharr Davis for her stunning effort to set the FKT back in 2011.
We congratulate Scott's team -- especially his wife, Jenny. This victory is hers too. Without Jenny, Scott would still be in Rocksylvania.
Great victories are won by great teams.
Thanks also to Delorme.com for allowing us all to obsess on the blue dots and arrows on the Appalachian Trail that we have longed to see updated ... for weeks ... as we followed Scott's trek.
He made it!
That's the good news. Now for the bad news ... to the people who are already planning to beat Scott's record ... if you think we're going to follow your every move for 40-something days, you're crazy.
But, so are we. Who knows? We might.
God bless Scott, Jenny and their team in attaining their goal to set the FKT on the Appalachian Trail ... on Day 46 ... with a few hours to spare.
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